Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Goshen College seeks applicants for an experienced leader to serve as the full-time Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Academic Dean.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean directs the academic program of the college and leads academic strategic planning.  The dean provides leadership to the teaching faculty in shaping the philosophy of the academic program and in developing the most effective curriculum, personnel, and learning environment to implement that philosophy. The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean is a strong communicator and creative problem solver with strong fiscal skills who develops innovative solutions to support academic programs and sets the strategic direction of the academic division. The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean reports to the Provost, is a member of the President’s Council and represents the College with appropriate external constituents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and administer the academic program consistent with the mission of Goshen College
  • Manage academic faculty affairs and oversee faculty development
  • Administration of academic policies and procedures
  • Administration of the Academic Budget
  • Inter- and Intra-institutional representation of academic affairs
  • Additional Oversight


EDUCATION:  Doctoral degree in a discipline related to undergraduate education.

EXPERIENCE: A distinguished record in teaching and scholarship and demonstrated leadership in a community that values spiritual and intellectual vitality; a commitment to the community standards, mission and core values of Goshen College.; the ability to articulate personal religious beliefs and practices; a history of involvement with a church congregation; leadership and administrative experience and the ability to collaborate and cooperate with others to enhance intercultural and  interpersonal relationships. Experience in the area of technology used in management and the learning environment and international education is highly desirable.

About Goshen College:

Goshen College is a liberal arts institution dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, sensitive and responsible Christians.  It is nationally ranked for its study abroad programs.  As a ministry of the Mennonite Church, the institution seeks to integrate Christian values with educational and professional life.  Goshen College has adopted five core values around which programs are built:  1) Christ-centered; 2) Passionate Learners; 3) Servant Leaders; 4) Compassionate Peacemakers; and (5) Global Citizens.  The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County, centrally located within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit.  Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere with an active arts community, a vibrant downtown, the Maple City Greenway network of bicycle paths and affordable housing prices.

How to Apply:

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Please be sure to provide all required materials noted below, as incomplete applications may not be considered.  Application materials may be attached to the Faculty Information Form or sent electronically to

  • Complete and submit the online Faculty Information Form
  • Letter of application
  • Résumé
  • Three professional letters of reference

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Preference will be given to applications submitted by November 20th.

Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

Sonia Williams
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Goshen College
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111